The Man Repeller
Sartorial advice for girls who love the clothes men hate.
Let’s face it; fashion is a business that takes itself a lot too seriously always sometimes. If like me you need some light relief from all the September issue madness going on right now, look no further than my new favourite fashion blog The Man Repeller. Brain of child (21 is a child to me OK?) Leandra Medine, a Manhattan dwelling, fashion-fan who’s big on the funnies, The Man Repeller is for all you girls who love the clothes men hate. You know, big on the kook factor, low on the sex appeal.
Leandra has kindly agreed to impart her wisdom to us vis-à-vis the autumn/winter trends that might leave us looking fashion-forward, but all alone on date night. But first, let’s meet her:
Hi Leandra, how did The Man Repeller come to life?
A close friend of mine and I were perusing racks of female arousing clothing (you know, acid wash everything, pants with crotches so low one might find herself wondering where her legs start and butt ends, and shoulder pads that could knock out a football player) at Topshop in Soho, and we proceeded to pick out items and say things like “Oh look, an alternative to the conventional contraceptives,” or maybe, “Hello, I am a Man Repeller.” When I got home that night I ran to my computer and set up the URL. I don’t mean to toot our own horns, but Man Repeller seemed like such a brilliant name for a blog.
Tell us what a Man Repeller is, and how you become one.
Man Repelling is defined by female’s choice to outfit herself in a sartorially offensive but equally fashion forward way. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, shoulder pads, full-length jumpsuits, overalls (see: human repelling), jewellry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs. Becoming one is fairly easy: allow fashion week, street style blogs and MC Hammer music videos to influence your personal style. It's important to note that these articles of clothing are straight man repellers, gay man propellers.
Who are a Man Repeller's poster girls?
Sarah Jessica Parker is an obvious leader to the pack. It took six seasons on HBO to finally lock in her Y-chromosome counterpart. She wrote it off a “commitment issue” but I’d argue it was more of a noisy footwear/crazy prints issue. Other poster girls date back to Katharine Hepburn and Annie Hall then swing forward to Chlöe Sevigny and Alexa Chung.
All time greatest Man Repelling item?
This is definitely the harem pant. I’ve said before that mine are so roomy they could sleep army. The only problem here is that the members of this hypothetical army would probably take their chances and opt to seek refuge elsewhere.
My wardrobe is bursting at the seams with Man Repellers, what should I do?
Though the term “Man Repeller” may come with a negative connotation, it’s actually quite a compliment to be considered of the Man Repelling tribe. It means your sartorial choices have taken you above and beyond those of the average woman and you’ve entered a school of influenced-by-high-fashion genius.
So it's new season time and we're all planning our looks for fall. What potential Man Repellers have you spotted on the catwalks?
I’m going to take this question to mean “what are you most excited to wear this fall.”
1. Chanel’s Chewbacca inspired jumpsuit.
Fashion goes through phases of inspired-by-animal wear every season but this seems like a first regarding the grizzly bear’s cameo. Welcome to the industry, try not to kill people.
2. Dries Van Noten's sexy librarian.
I’m thrilled about this particular silhouette making its grand comeback, but consider this: if you wore this sexy-librarian-hold-the-sexy-inspired dress to a booty call, what would happen? I’ll tell you what: NOTHING, just a big slap back to 1953.
3. Tsumori Chisato 'emulation magic':
A bell-boy from the neck up, a small touch of Amish paradise north of the shins, and alas: Beetlejuice from the waist down.